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Padraic Conway

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  1. Vincent Radu's right. So, in the interests of board harmony, can we draw a line under our previous disagreement and move on? Padraic
  2. Thank you Matt. However I'm bowing out from this aspect of what has been a fascinating thread (until the last few pages) as both the tone and the content of these final pages (your measured comments above aside) have become, in my view, an increasingly dismissive monologue. I've constructively asked Vincent a lot of valid questions (about his sources of evidence, his making the evidence fit the facts (rather than the other way around), and his selective use of evidence to support his case (he's delighted to draw upon his own pair of Fw parts but gave both Jerry Crandall and Mark Pr
  3. Great stuff there Chek! Airfix Spitfire to Rareplanes KC-97L? Respect! That's some skillset you have there.
  4. I totally agree with all of your comments Thierry. I am simply making the point that a simple explanation, with the least speculation and fewest assumptions, is the more likely explanation where two or more are competing. In this case, the simple approach being that exterior paint was applied directly to bare metal without any primer, rather than the paint being reformulated late in the war for single application use (as Vincent maintains). I think this aspect of this thread has run its course anyway. I'm a great enthusiast for constructive debate normally, but here this is not a r
  5. Please Vincent. I am reading what you write. And I am being polite at the same time. And not being difficult, but trying to establish fact rather than opinion. However I've not come across any independent evidence to support your idea that RLM76 was a finish coat first and then became a primer at wars end. Your ideas are interesting, but not, in my view, supported by independent evidence. Earlier in this thread you stressed the importance of well established researchers contributing to this debate. Do you have any primary source for your theory of 76 becoming a primer with a specia
  6. So perhaps it was very effective both with or without a primer undercoat? There's certainly photographic evidence of RLM76 applied directly to bare metal late war (thinking of Bf109G wings in handling crates at Prague airport) and RLM81 applied to the metal sides of Me262s (Yellow 3 of KG(J)54 - the subject of the Experten decals) where the panel sealant can be seen through the green paint.
  7. Thanks Vincent; that seems like a fair suggestion to consider. It's noteworthy that we don't appear to see much evidence of flaking/worn paint on contemporary Luftwaffe pictures (I'm thinking of the degree to which Japanese aircraft suffered from flaking/worn paint in the final years of the war), so when an airframe was painted, it was done to a fairly high standard by and large. Perhaps its also possible that towards the end of the war the expected lifetime of the airframe might be measured in days, rather than weeks or months? Then we see increasing tolerance of bar
  8. I was simply pointing out that the ambient lighting may have contributed to the perceived colour shift. I appreciate that English may not be your first language Vincent, but the tone of your reply is a little tetchy. The grey panels could simply be as they are because they are at a differing angle to any ambient lighting. What I'm trying to do here is to consider all the possible evidence. I have no problem at all in accepting that RLM66 came in one or more colour variations; as Matt has pointed out, most of us accept that RLM76 came in differing colours. However, I'm not buying an
  9. Great thread! The first I can recall building myself was the FROG Spitfire Ia QV@K from the 'Battle of Britain' double set with the JU88A in the same box. My Dad helped me paint the Spitfire (I cant recall what happened to the JU88), complete with camo and a gloss red spinner. That particular boxing is worth big £££ now! Other rarities that I wish I hadn't got my 10 year-old hands on at about the same time were the Airfix SRN Hovercraft, their 1/72 Hawker P1127 and their Saunders-Roe SR73. Bought for 2/6 each at Woolworths and I butchered them all! For a good few years afterward
  10. That's an interesting and well-argued hypothesis there Troy, and merits careful thought. You certainly have me thinking about this. I also noted the wooden side console on the Ta152 and the colour differences between this and the sides and similar differences within the He162 cockpit. An issue with the cockpit pictures above from Vincent might be the lighting they were taken under as fluorescent strip lighting (which is common in storage buildings) is well known for its green colouration that it can add to colour pictures. I don't know what lighting was used, but clarification if p
  11. I don't see how 'it's way more likely to be a formulation issue' - you need to provide some evidence for that assertion. You also seem to be suggesting that the contractors were given special dispensation to continue to use the old colours (so more 70/71 was specially ordered for them?) because they were unfamiliar with the formulation for RLM81? That seems very unlikely in late-war Germany, where considerable effort was expended in ensuring that production was not allowed to be interrupted for any reason. I've just finished reading a review of Panther tanks on the Eastern Front t
  12. That'll be what I would call 'a good six footer' . A standard that I also aspire to...
  13. I believe that there are 2 issues in this debate about accuracy: one gets more attention than the other. The first (and most obvious) issue is the relative faithfulness of the model representation we see compared to, or measured against, our understanding of reality. So dimensions, markings, weathering, colours, modifications, Liberator turrets and wing profile all fall into this. The second (and less well recognised) issue is our individual tolerance of what we perceive as departures or shortfalls within the model vs reality. Having spent some time studying
  14. That's the Ju290 'Alles Kaputt' flown across the North Atlantic by Col Watson. Sadly I'm pretty sure that she had been repainted by the time this picture was taken.
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